Sundown Caffeine

Sundown Caffeine

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We are an eclectic rock band based in the Philippine Islands, particularly Cebu City. We try to create a sound that borrows from other genres that mix well with the angst of alternative rock. All in all, we brew a sound that is uniquely, Sundown Caffeine.

Biography

Rockin' the World from Its Sleep
(as told by MRD)

Our story is simple and quite often told. We are four musically-obsessed friends who go way back since high school, from a small obscure Philippine island called “Cebu”. We later parted ways for college and were sucked into the ordinary world, pursuing ordinary lives. It’s been nine years since then. Now, I'm in Manila studying law, Daxdu just passed the bar exams, Jarm is an engineer in Leyte and Yanix is a banker in Cebu. All this time, we practically lived in different worlds and were too caught up with trying to pursue the usual career paths imposed upon our educated and underpaid Filipino contemporaries.

Still, deep inside our very beings, the music was calling and the passion could not be stayed for much longer. Things were about to change.

Individually, we have done many projects and have played with many different groups but we never did music together until 2004. This was the time when Yanix came Manila to visit his sister. We had a chance to hang out at my place and I showed him a few songs I had written during the past year. We fixed one of these songs up, added a drum track and history was made. The song "Sunflowers and Dust" had become our very first single.

That same night, we wrote a new song together based on one of Yanix's sound experiments back home. It took us two hours to finish the lyrics, the melody and the bootleg recording of our second song “Hear You Coming”. The result made us conscious of the remarkable tonal chemistry that we never knew we had. Back then, my gut told me that this was only the beginning.

When I got back to Cebu for our semestral break, I met up with Yanix and Daxdu and we got into a long conversation about “sucky lives” and abandoned dreams. A few beers and a couple of coffee cups later, we decided to form a band. We rushed to the cheapest recording studio in town and started setting our material to stone. It was all good. But after hours of listening to ourselves, it dawned on us that a three-piece was just too hollow for the kind of music we were trying to make. Something was missing. Like I said back then, "We have the meat. Now we need the spice".

And the spice I had in mind was in the person of a local guitar god and an old friend. In November of 2005, we called up Jarm to join the troupe. We invited him for dinner at a local Mexican bar, offered him some beer without ever telling him of what the meeting was for. It was like one of those mafia sit-downs where you just had to keep things hanging up until the very last minute. Then, I took out my old palm pilot and had him listen to our material. After one song… silence. And finally, we popped the question: “How would you like to join us in a band? It’ll be awesome.” Silence. Turns out, Jarm has been thinking about the same thing for quite some time. He could not have been more excited. The covenant was made and on that same night, we rushed back into the studio and found and perfected the sound formula that had eluded us for too long.

That night, we became a band.

The hard part was coming up with a band name. We would collectively come up with the name describing the strong cafe culture in the Philippines and how people drank coffee during the evenings, not because they needed to stay awake but because they wanted to. Same thing goes for our music. We do it not because it's necessary but because it's a shared passion that never seems to leave us alone until we're put to the ground. Hence, we came up with "Sundown Caffeine".

We answered the call and have never looked back since then.

To date, we have 28 original compositions and are currently trying to negotiate for a possible international release of our first album.

Lyrics

Last Star

Written By: Mark Robert Dy

They say you went away
You’d think I’d feel it was a disaster

But all I have to say
Too bad you didn’t leave much faster

You think you’re so secure
You better ready yourself for tomorrow

If there’s one thing I’d be sure
There’s nothing for you but regret and sorrow

And if you want me
You can have me
And we can talk before we die

You can try to
If you want to
Just don’t waste my time

And if you want be with me,
Wait for the last star in the sky

Think you’re in a better place
No other home than one you abandoned

You think you’re winning a race
But you’re just chasing a faceless phantom

You said you want me
Then you had me
Built me up with all the lies

You said you loved me
But you used me
You left me high and dry

And if you want be with me,
Wait for the last star in the sky

And if you want to be with me,
Wait for the last star in the sky

And if you want to be with me
Wait for the last star in the sky

Even Angels Cry

Written By: Mark Robert Dy

Why do I feel that goodbye is the only constant thing between us?

Sometimes I think the only reason you came into my life was to go away

Half a bottle of wine and an empty glass is all you left me

How could a fire die so fast? Now embers are all I see.

And they say…

Even the angel cries on a lonely flight back home

Even the devil cries, walking down that road alone

Why be so surprised when tears come fill my eyes?

I’m just a man, when even angels cry

Haven’t gotten used to the idea that you were never meant to be mine

I wish you told me if I was closing in or stepping out of line

Seems like history does have its own secret ways of reappearing

So now the storm has come and gone, the wind just had to stop its singing

And it sang…

Even the angel cries on a lonely flight back home

Even the devil cries, walking down that road alone

Why be so surprised when tears come fill my eyes?

I’m just a man, when even angels cry

Even angels cry…
Even angels cry…
Even angels cry…

Pain just follows everywhere you go

From the greatest of the kings to the lowest of the low

We can’t be that much different
You should know…

Even the angels cries on a lonely flight back home

Even the devil cries, walking down that road alone

Why be so surprised when tears come fill my eyes?

I’m just a man, when even angels cry…

Even angels cry…

Discography

Sundown Caffeine and Nothing Wasted
(unreleased)